Three Best Motivational Books I’ve Read in the Past Three Months

And every single one of them written by a woman.
Coincidence?
Nay.
2.  The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
3.  Grit by Angela Duckworth

It’s Tony Friday!

Happy Friday, Writers!

 

This is a very special Friday.

 

It’s Tony Friday.

 

There are just a few hours left for all us voters to rush over our ballots to the accountant’s office.  I’m kind of an over achiever so I got mine in last week. 😉

 

I assume you are all going to watch on Sunday, right?  Some of you PRO members are even coming to my Tony party, right?  (If you want to come, it’s not too late.  If you’re a PRO member just shoot me an email and I’ll squeeze you in.  If you’re not a PRO yet, click here and pop me an email once you’re in and I’ll make sure you get an invite.  Gonna be fun and over 100 people just like you are showing up!)

 

Before you watch all those writers take the stage on Sunday and realize their dreams, and literally hold those dreams in their hands, I want you to do something for me.

 

Let me be more specific.

 

I want you to write something for me.

 

I want you to write . . . your Tony Award acceptance speech.

 

I’m serious.

 

Come on, don’t tell me you haven’t thought of this before.  Maybe you’ve done it in a mirror or just thought of what you’d say when you watched someone else give an inspiring speech (or a bad one).

 

So take 15 minutes before Sunday . . . just 15 minutes . . . and write your speech.

 

Maybe yours will be funny.  Maybe it’ll be serious.  Maybe you’ll make it political.  Maybe you’ll do a dance step.

 

Just write it.  And make it uniquely you.

 

And yes, this is an inspirational exercise.  By writing it, you’ll be putting yourself in that moment, and by making it feel a little more real, you’ll be that much closer to making that @#$% happen.

 

But, it’s also practical.  You’ve got 15 minutes to write a unique speech that’ll stand out from the crowd.  When you’re done, you’ll be a little bit better of a writer.

 

And a little bit closer to your dream.

 

Have a great writing weekend!

 

Best,
Ken

 

P.S.  I was serious about that Tony invite.  Just a couple spots left if you want to come.  I couldn’t invite everyone because Radio City was booked already. 🙂  So it’s only reserved for my friends, family and Pros! Click here to join now and you’re in!

Full List of Tony Winners 2017

The complete list of winners follows:

Best Musical
Dear Evan Hansen

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen

Best Revival of a Musical
Hello, Dolly!

Best Play
Oslo by J.T. Rogers

Best Revival of a Play
August Wilson’s Jitney

Best Choreography
Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand

Best Direction of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, Come From Away

Best Direction of a Play
Rebecca Taichman, Indecent

Best Performance by an Actress in Featured Role a Musical
Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2

Best Orchestrations
Alex Lacamoire, Dear Evan Hansen

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter

Best Book of a Musical
Dear Evan Hansen, Steven Levenson

Best Score
Dear Evan Hansen, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Cynthia Nixon, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Michael Aronov, Oslo

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Christopher Akerlind, Indecent

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!

Best Costume Design of a Play
Jane Greenwood, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes

Free Webinar – The Road to Broadway

Of the hundreds upon hundreds of writers I’ve spoken to over the years, I can think of only one that did NOT want his show to get to Broadway.

 

And you know what?  His show actually ended up on Broadway.  🙂

 

Let’s face it.  We all want to land on Broadway.  It’s the Major Leagues for the theater.  Even when you write a show that you know is better suited for Off Broadway or the touring circuit, if some Producer offered you a chance to play the Palace, you’d take it, right?

 

But how does a show actually get from your computer screen to a Broadway stage?

 

Well, it’s a long and winding road to Broadway.  But that road DOES have specific, tangible “mile markers,” that virtually every show must pass before it gets to The Great White Way.

 

And like I talk about in my book, having these interim “mile marker” goals, helps make the overall journey to Broadway that much more possible.

 

Do you know what those “mile markers” are?

 

It’s ok. Most of the writers I speak with and coach don’t know them either.

 

But they are essential for everyone to understand if you want your show to someday land right here in New York City.  (I know, I know, it seems like a dream . . . but it happens . . . just ask Keith Huff, who was an unknown writer until Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig signed on to his show, A Steady Rain, in 2009, and now he writes for a ton of TV shows including House of Cards.)

 

Because these “mile markers” are so important to your journey, I’m doing a FREE Webinar on The Road to Broadway, where I’ll outline the path that 99.99% of shows take on their way to Broadway.

 

We’re running the webinar a few times.  And it’s totally free.

 

 

And have a great writing weekend!

 

Best,
Ken

Last Chance to Join The Writer’s Club!

Hey, Writers!

 

First, the deadline for our brand new Writer’s Club was LAST NIGHT at 11:59 PM.  But I know a bunch of you had some trouble signing up, and since we also added an ONLINE version at the last minute, I’ve extended the deadline to today (5/26) at 11:59 PM.

 

The response has been awesome.  Your commitment to investing in your improvement and education has been inspiring.  I just joined another group think myself this week because you guys got me jazzed up!

 

If you want to join the club, click here.  You’ve got another 12 hours or so.  We’ll let you know asap if you’ve been accepted.

 

Second, I’m having a Tony Party!  It’s super fun . . . in fact it’s like a Super Bowl party for the Tony Awards!  Unfortunately, I can’t invite everyone.  Because the people on this list could fill Radio City Music Hall by yourselves!  🙂

 

I keep the party for my investors, friends, my wife (!), and members of TheProducersPerspectivePRO.  So if you want to come, this is a great month to join Pro and come mingle with me, and others in my network.  (It’s Sun, June 11th from 7 PM until the last award is handed out.)

 

Lastly, I leave you with one of my favorite quotes, from the writer of The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and the creator of “The Walking Dead.”  Now that’s a talented guy, right?

 

Well, just look at what Frank said about his talent . . .

 

“There are more talented writers and directors than I working in shoe stores and Burger Kings across the nation.  The difference is I was willing to put in the nine years of effort and they weren’t.”

 

Go to work, guys.  And you’ll get there.

 

Happy writing this long weekend!

 

Best,
Ken

 

P.S. Hope to see you at my Tony party.  Click here to join Pro and get an invite!

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